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The Brooklyn Cyclones: ‘The Best Dressed Team in Baseball’

Brooklyn Cyclones LogoPRESS RELEASE – Since 2001, the Brooklyn Cyclones have received a number of accolades for their community service, promotional excellence and innovative ways of making a trip to MCU Park unlike any other. But among all the titles that have been bestowed upon them – “Most Fun Ballpark in America” or “The Coolest Place on Earth” – there is one label that has been missing…until now! Continue reading

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Mountaineers Ballpark Construction Update

West Virginia University LogoNewYorkPennLeagueLogoA new rendering of the Monongalia County Ballpark currently under construction for the West Virginia University Mountaineers baseball team (and possibly a Single-A New York-Penn League club) in Morgantown (WV) has surfaced.  The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2015 college baseball season.  Read more hereView construction webcam here.

West Virginia University Ballpark Rendering 7.24.14

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In-Game Prostate Exam While Singing 7th Inning Stretch Tune ACTUALLY HAPPENS!

Myrtle Beach PelicansAndy Milovich, Vice President and General Manager of the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Carolina League), followed through on his pledge to receive an in-game prostate exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday.  View Twitter photo here.  We have to wonder if the famous baseball tune sounded a little like “Moon River?”  Read the pre-game press release below: Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, NC)

Hickory Crawdads LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Single-A Hickory Crawdads (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos hereRead about the “CLAWlossal” challenge here.

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Columbia Authorizes Borrowing for New Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoIn a four to one vote, the Columbia City Council approved a new ordinance allowing the city to issue Special Obligation Bonds to raise no more than $35 million to pay for the construction of the proposed multi-use baseball stadium and facilities, equipment and improvements at the Bull Street development.  Read more here and here.

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Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It, Plus Bill Veeck Bobble Leg

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 remains one of the most well-known promotions in sports history. The original promotion was organized by current Charleston RiverDogs President Mike Veeck, but 35 years and one week later, this classic promotion will feature a 21st Century spin arranged by the RiverDogs. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: State Mutual Stadium (Rome, GA)

Rome Braves LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited State Mutual Stadium, home of the Single-A Rome Braves (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos here

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Return of Minor League Baseball Back on Dubuque Radar

Dubuque Packers LogoThis is in the very early stages, but conceptual drawings for the long-term development plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque (IA) include a 6,000-seat minor-league ballpark.  Read more with subscription hereView Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan document here.

Dubuque's Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.01.14

Dubuque’s Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.02.14

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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Seinfeld to the Maximum in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Cyclones LogoThe Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Seinfield television series Saturday night.  Players took batting practice in puffy pirate shirts. A fan reeled in a slice of marble rye bread with a fishing rod from the suite level.  George Costanza announced the third inning.  And the first 3,000 attendees at the temporarily renamed Vandelay Industries Park received a Keith HernandezMagic Loogie” bobbleheadRead more here.

Vandelay Industries Park for Seinfeld anniversary night, Brooklyn Cyclones Facebook photo

Vandelay Industries Park for Seinfeld anniversary night, Brooklyn Cyclones Facebook photo

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Modern Woodmen Park Once Again Surrounding by Mississippi River Waters, Show Must Go On

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryIt’s that time of year again, and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League), is once again surrounding by Mississippi River flood waters.  Read more and view photos hereView photo gallery here.  But the show must go on, as the police and fire “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game will be played on Saturday, July 5, before the River Bandits take on the Timber Rattlers.

Davenport and Rock Island will compete in the Battle of the Badges Saturday, July 5. The Davenport Police & Fire Departments will face the Rock Island Police & Fire Departments in a softball game from 3:45-5:00 p.m. before the River Bandits' 6 p.m. game against Wisconsin. The event will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

The Davenport Police & Fire Departments and Rock Island Police & Fire Departments will compete in the Battle of the Badges charity softball game Saturday, July 5.

 

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Dash Break Single-Game Attendance Record

Winston-Salem Dash SecondaryA record crowd of 8,184 showed up at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem (NC) on the 4th of July, as the Single-A Winston-Salem Dash (Carolina League) were shut out 5-0 by the Wilmington Blue Rocks.  Friday night’s crowd surpassed the previous record of 7,576, set last year on Independence Day.  Read more here.

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Dayton Dragons Being Sold

Dayton Dragons LogoPRESS RELEASE – Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Dayton Dragons franchise – the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds – from Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC. Continue reading

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Rollins College Buckles on Ballpark Plan, Winter Park to Look Elsewhere

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesThe Rollins College board of trustees has decided against moving ahead with a stadium deal at Harper-Shepherd Field, in response to more than 200 emails and letters from residents concerned about noise and traffic.  Winter Park (FL) will continue to evaluate a pair of other sites for a possible stadium.  Read more here.

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Rollins Takes a Ballpark Pause

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesOrange County (FL) commissioners were set to vote Tuesday on a key funding mechanism needed to build a new stadium at Rollins College for the Tars and the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League), but that vote was put off because of concerns by Rollins’ board of trustees.  Read more here.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club - ACi Architects Inc.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club – ACi Architects Inc.

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Single-A Kernels in Talks to Buy Summer Collegiate Bucks

Cedar Rapids Kernels LogoWaterloo Bucks LogoThe Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) are in talks to buy the summer collegiate Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League).  The purchase has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball.  There are still a few other hoops to jump through here, but it looks like a done deal.  Read more and view news report here.

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Columbia Moves to Borrow $35 Million for Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council moved ahead Tuesday on borrowing $35 million for a minor-league baseball stadium, ignoring a last-ditch effort to let voters decide the issue.  Mayor Steve Benjamin justified the move by saying people elect the council to make decisions, and the council takes out loans for millions in projects – to build sidewalks, buy police cars, improve water and sewage service.  Read more here.

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BlueClaws Take ‘What Could Have Been Day’ to Highest Level

Lakewood BlueClaws Pine Barons LogoThis is how you do it!  The Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) didn’t just design specials jerseys to become the Lakewood Pine Barons for “What Could Have Been Day” on Sunday, they created a complete line of merchandise and brought in a new mascot named “Chipper” to help complete the fantasy.  Watch video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

ne Barons mascot Chipper and Pine Barons SS Enmanuel Serra in the dugout before the game, Lakewood BlueClaws Facebook photo

Pine Barons mascot Chipper and Pine Barons SS Enmanuel Serra in the dugout before the game, Lakewood BlueClaws Facebook photo

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Messin’ with Sasquatch in Eugene, Whoopee Cushion Giveaway for First 2,000 Pranksters

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – Get ready for a prank-filled night on June 26, thanks to Jack Link’s Messin’ with Sasquatch Night! Jack Link’s brand icon, Sasquatch, will be creating all sorts of mischief and fun around the stadium. Be sure to stay on your toes so you don’t end up as the victim of Sasquatch’s pranks! Continue reading

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River Bandits Expand Amusements with ‘Space Camp’

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements will open another new ride at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night, as “Space Camp” makes its debut at the ballpark. Continue reading

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IronBirds Go ‘Ripken Orange’ in the Outfield

Aberdeen IronBirds New LogoPRESS RELEASE – Ripken Baseball today completed installation of its “Ripken orange” outfield wall upgrade, creating a unique ballpark experience at Ripken Stadium, home to hundreds of elite youth baseball tournaments and the Aberdeen IronBirds, short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Aberdeen IronBirds Facebook photo

Aberdeen IronBirds Facebook photo

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Tourists to Host 2015 SAL All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

Asheville Tourists New Logo1PRESS RELEASE – Asheville Tourists president Brian DeWine, in conjunction with South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa, announced today that Asheville’s McCormick Field will serve as the site of the 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, slated to be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Continue reading

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Columbia Approves Ballpark Development Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council has approved a venue development agreement for the minor league baseball stadium in the Bull Street development, signaling the city’s next step toward establishing the cornerstone of the mixed-use development.  Read more here.

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Quakes Awarded 2015 California-Carolina League All-Star Game

Rancho Cucamonga QuakesPRESS RELEASE – The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the California League are proud to announce that on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the California-Carolina League All-Star Game will come to LoanMart Field, marking the third time Rancho Cucamonga has hosted this inter-league All-Star event. Continue reading

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Modesto Nuts Announce Name of New Pistachio Mascot

Modesto Nuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Club have announced the winning name for the newest member of their mascot family. Shelley the Pistachio, the name decided on by fans, will make her debut on Friday, June 20th at John Thurman Field. “The fans made a great choice with the name Shelley,” said Nuts General Manager Tyler Richardson. “We are excited to showcase her Continue reading

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Key Provisions of the Columbia (SC) Ballpark Contract

Sand Gnats LogoMembers of the Columbia (SC) City Council are scheduled to cast their first vote Tuesday on the draft construction contract for building a proposed new ballpark for a yet-t0-be-named affiliated baseball team.  Read more here.

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RiverDogs Schedule 12th Annual Festival of Beers

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on Earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading

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Hillsboro Ballpark Gets New Name, Cool Signage

Hillsborough Hops LogoAs the Single-A Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) held their media day on Thursday, crews outside the event were putting up a sign for Ron Tonkin Field – the new name for the venue formerly known as Hillsboro Ballpark.  This should be very cool at night, as timed lighting will simulate a pitcher throwing a baseball and the batter hitting it.  Tube Art Group is completing the work.  Read more here.

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No Cost-Benefit Study for Columbia Ballpark Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe development of Columbia’s baseball stadium will continue without a study of the costs and benefits of the project. In a 3-2 vote, Columbia City Council members voted Tuesday to move forward with building the multipurpose venue without the much discussed cost-benefit analysis.  Read more here.

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BlueClaws to Become ‘Pine Barons’ on June 22

Lakewood BlueClaws Alternative LogoPRESS RELEASE – The BlueClaws played their first game in 2001 and unveiled their team name in 2000. At that time, hundreds of names had been sent in as nominations before the name “BlueClaws” was selected, but what might the name have been if BlueClaws was not selected? Continue reading

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Lansing City Council Approves $23.5 Million Cooley Law School Stadium Renovation and Development

Lansing Lugnuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – On Monday night, the Lansing City Council officially approved a plan for Cooley Law School Stadium to receive a fully-modernizing $10.5 million renovation as part of a larger project to incorporate a private mixed-use development into the ballpark outfield. Continue reading

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RiverDogs Set Date for Annual ‘Ballpark Festival of Beers’

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on Earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Bowling Green Ballpark (Bowling Green, KY)

Digital Ballparks LogoBowling Green Hot RodsEric and Wendy Pastore from DigitalBallparks.com recently visited Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League).  Read more and view photo gallery here.

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Pippins Open Inaugural Season in Front of 3,209

Yakima Valley Pippins PrimaryAn announced crowd of 3,209 turned out Friday night at “The Orchard” (Yakima County Stadium) to watch the summer collegiate Yakima Valley Pippins (West Coast League) play their first-ever game.  The turnout was larger than any game the then-Single-A Yakima Bears (Northwest League) (now Hillsboro Hops) drew in their 23rd and final season at the ballpark in 2012.  Read more here.

Mascot Scott T. Pippin at inaugural home opener, Yakima Valley Pippins Twitter photo

Mascot Scott T. Pippin at inaugural home opener, Yakima Valley Pippins Twitter photo

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Ballpark Traffic and Parking Study Up Next in Winter Park

Brevard County ManateesAs the city of Winter Park (FL) awaits approval from Orange County for plans to build a new minor league baseball stadium where Alfond Stadium at Harper-Shepherd Field is now, the city is launching a study of the traffic patterns leading to the site and what parking issues need to be resolved.  Read more here.

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All About an Old School Ballpark Sign Painter

Spokane Indians LogoRuben Marcilla started painting the signs on Avista Stadium’s outfield fence when the plywood was new, marking off sections that would become insurance and grocery ads so big and bold the farthest-back fan could see them.  Marcilla has been doing this for the Single-A Spokane Indians (Northwest League) for 25 seasons.  Read more hereView photos here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the story link.

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West Virginia Power Host Third Annual ‘Redneck Night’ Tonight

West Virginia Power Chuck LogoBaseball’s original redneck celebration is back for round three, as the Single-A West Virginia Power host Redneck Night on Saturday, May 24.  The first 1,000 fans through the gate get a Power mason jar.  Everyone in attendance will enjoy redneck-inspired games, a third redneck wedding, the first-ever ballpark divorce, and a special guest appearance.

Redneck Night Mason Jar, West Virginia Power Twitter photo

Redneck Night Mason Jar, West Virginia Power Twitter photo

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Kinston’s Grainger Stadium Still Sits Empty

Kinston Indians New Logo 2010Ever since the Single-A Kinston Indians (Carolina League) fled Grainger Stadium for greener pastures in 2011, city officials have been working to find a replacement to anchor the ballpark.  Meanwhile, they are doing their best to keep the facility busy.  Read more and watch news report here.  With a population under 25,000, we still believe the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League is Kinston’s best bet.

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ValleyCats to Install Largest Videoboard in New York-Penn League

Tri City Valley Cats Secondary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Tri-City ValleyCats have announced that a brand new, state-of-the- art, LED video board will be installed prior to the 2014 season, which will significantly enhance the fan experience at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The board will be the largest main video display in the New York-Penn League. Continue reading

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Taking the First Ride on the Bandits New Ferris Wheel

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryQuad-City Times columnist Bill Wundram and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba were among the first passengers to take a ride on the new Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits.  Read more and view photos hereRead about the May 24 Inaugural Ride event here.

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RiverDogs Host ‘Bark for Your Brew’ Event

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Enjoy a unique opportunity to sample some of the finest craft beers at “Bark for Your Brew,” a dog-friendly, craft beer tasting. Bark for Brew is set for Sunday, June 1, at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park at 3 pm prior to the RiverDogs’ Dog Day Game scheduled against the Asheville Tourists (first pitch is 5:05 pm). Continue reading

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